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Thanksgiving 2021: Fantastic Career Opportunities are Among This Year’s Blessings

As we take a long holiday weekend to slow down, join with family and friends, and reflect on all the many blessings we share, let’s make sure to remember that one of the biggest blessings we have is the opportunity to improve our lives.  No matter the obstacles and despite all the challenges we face, we are fortunate to live in a time and place full of opportunities to improve our situation.  This really is something to be thankful for.

For many people, acting on this blessing might involve a personal resolution to strengthen a relationship or to embrace self-improvement activities by focusing on our health and fitness.  The ability to choose our own path in these ways is another blessing in itself, and our freedom is perhaps the most important thing to remember as we pass the turkey and gravy this year.

For those whose career path so far has really just been a series of jobs that didn’t quite live up to expectations, this Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what it would take to break out of that pattern and begin down a new road toward a long and rewarding career.  What would it take to leave the short-term jobs behind, to actually learn a trade, and to provide the type of lifestyle that would be valued at your family’s Thanksgiving table for many years to come?

If you’ve been waiting for a sign or just the right type of opportunity, the good news is that the time to make that change is right nowPropel Career Academy in San Antonio is accepting enrollment for classes that begin in Spring 2022.  Is this the news you’ve been waiting for?

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It All Starts at Propel Career Academy

Propel Career Academy is affiliated with FSG, one of the nation’s Top 20 Electrical Contractors.  Therefore, graduates of the Propel program will have immediate opportunities to work on some of the most exciting projects being done anywhere in the world.

This means that, unlike other vocational training programs, you’ll finish your time at Propel with industry connections in place and ready to support you as you begin your career as an electrician.  

Propel Career Academy is focused on the long-term goals of its students. The program at Propel doesn’t just train students to do one job forever.  Graduates of the Propel Career Academy are set to enjoy new and exciting opportunities in the electrical trade for the rest of their working lives! 

Propel Career Academy student working on a box
Source: Propel Career Academy

But it all starts with a decision to put in the time and effort involved in learning a skilled trade. That can prove to be challenging at times, but everyone who has completed the training understands that education is what sets them apart, and the hard work is what makes them – and their families – proud.

A lot of training programs offer the skills, but don’t give you the actual hands-on experience you need to be competitive on the job site.  Propel is different.  Propel provides skills training and in-field experience at the same time, so you are ready to go to work the day after you graduate.

Most importantly, the Propel Career Academy offers training and testing services in a first-class environment with top tools and teachers on a schedule that keeps you working while you earn your certifications.  You will be challenged, but you will definitely be supported by the team at Propel Career Academy.  

Others have done it, and you can, too!  Let’s take a quick look at some people who may have been like you just a few short Thanksgiving’s ago.  What has a career in the electrical trade meant to them?  What do their lives look like now?

Wait.  Electricians Do This?

Two young men sit down on a high-rise building’s top ledge, swing their feet out into thin air, and start to ease themselves over. Slowly, methodically, they lower themselves until only their arms and heads are visible over the lip of the skyscraper. Then, they start walking. Backward.

The soles of their boots contact the glass and steel of this modern office building. Suspended by lines, a safety harness, and even more lines, the young men move their feet back and begin to descend down the face of one of the tallest buildings in Fort Worth.

For Eddie Ramirez and James Padron, this is just another day on the job. Eddie and James are electricians at FSG, and they are trained and licensed in rappelling.

They walk backward down the sides of skyscrapers to install lights, run wire, perform repairs, and more. Working for FSG, with project capabilities that include lighting, electrical, technology, and signage, these two are never really sure what the next project might bring.

All they know is this: they love what they do.

Two Paths Led to the Same Place

They arrived at the top of this building by two very different paths. James was an experienced electrician who had worked with multiple contractors. His introduction to rappelling, though, didn’t come until he started working for FSG.

“I couldn’t get on the team fast enough”.

James Padron, FSG Electrician

What had drawn James to FSG was the variety of work, as well as FSG’s focus on safety. “At the [other electrical contractors], safety wasn’t that big of a concern. FSG, though, is known as a very safe company,” he says as he holds up his harness. 

James and Eddie both go through an extensive pre-rappelling safety routine. First, they need to don all their gear, including special pocketed pants, gloves, knee and elbow protection, and headwear.

Next, they must secure their harnesses. Each harness has several points of connection to keep everything –including the person in the harness – right where they’re supposed to be.

FSG Electrician rappelling safely on a job
Source: FSG

As they complete this step and start assembling their ropes and lines, they are constantly checking their own work and checking each other. Finally, after they’re both satisfied with the integrity of their safety equipment, it’s time to start doing what FSG does. For Eddie, that’s when the real magic begins.

His first job at FSG had nothing to do with climbing and descending massive structures. “When I first started at FSG, I was hired on to work in the warehouse,” he laughs as he looks out over the view from his new “office” two-dozen stories in the air.

“The service department was looking for apprentices, and they came and talked to me about it. They asked me if I was interested, and I said ‘Yes!'”

Eddie Ramirez, FSG Electrician

While many folks looking to get into electrical work must first put themselves through long months of training and study, Eddie was able to do it all on the job.

FSG’s in-house Apprenticeship Program makes it possible for people like Eddie to keep working (and earning) while they learn an entirely new trade. As part of the program, one of FSG’s journeyman electricians – men and women who have received their own license – took Eddie under his wing and showed him the ropes. Literally.

“The first time I saw [my journeyman] go rappelling, I was like, ‘You’re crazy!'”

Eddie Ramirez, FSG Electrician

“The first time I saw [my journeyman] go rappelling, I was like, ‘You’re crazy!” he says, while he and James prepare their tools. Eddie couldn’t help but feel intrigued, though, and before he knew it he was slithering down skyscrapers, too. 

For James and Eddie, working as rappellers at FSG is a chance to see and do things they never could have imagined. “I wanted to do something more than work at a warehouse,” says Eddie. 

“Rappelling at FSG is my favorite thing to do at work!”

James Padron, FSG Electrician

“Rappelling at FSG is my favorite thing to do at work,” James says simply. “I’ve definitely enjoyed working at FSG for the last sixteen years,” he grins.

With great pay, great benefits, opportunities to advance, and perhaps most importantly, a fun and family-like working environment, James is not alone in feeling this way.  These are the things that all FSG employees take from their careers. 

For James and Eddie, the unique nature of their works makes it all that much more special. 

“I enjoy coming to work every day,” Eddie says, as he and James wrap up the day’s rappelling and replace all their lines and safety equipment. “I’m comfortable here, and I like the people I work with.” 

He and James exchange a fist bump as they get ready to descend the building for the final time–this time, using the stairs.

“It’s just a great company,” Eddie says, looking at the FSG logo.

So How About You?  Do You Want to Become an Electrician?

Do any of these statements sound like you?

  • If you like working with your hands, become an electrician.
  • If you like building and improving things, become an electrician.
  • If you want to go straight from the classroom to the job site, become an electrician.
  • If you want to work now instead of going to college, become an electrician.
  • If you want a good wage, an exciting job, and a rewarding career, become an electrician.

These are just a few of the reasons why a career in the electrical trades might make perfect sense for you. FSG and Propel Career Academy are excited to kick off 2022 with a full program of courses designed to guide people through the process of becoming licensed electricians.  

Are you looking for a job that will take you out of the ordinary, that will give you the chance to do something unique every day? Do you want great compensation, but also a culture of safety, fun, and long-term career support?

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If you always thought being an electrician just meant tightening wire nuts or connecting circuits, James and Eddie have a different perspective to offer. Their job, along with most positions at FSG, are hardly ever the same from one day to the next. Electricians at FSG work in the biggest cities, on the tallest structures, installing, repairing, and maintaining complex and exciting technologies. 

Whether you’re an experienced journeyman, or someone looking to start something completely new, FSG and Propel Career Academy has a path that’s right for you. Visit our Careers page today to learn how an electrical career can be both exciting and life-changing for you and your entire family.

What We’re Especially Thankful For This Year: Opportunity

Once again we’ll spend the long Thanksgiving weekend thinking about our families, our futures, and the many blessings in our lives.  What are you thankful for?

If you’re like us, you will remember that every great career begins with an opportunity to improve our lives, and a decision to take advantage of that opportunity.

We sincerely hope you take the time to learn more about Propel Career Academy and the upcoming opportunities to begin a meaningful career in the electrical trade.  Spring 2022 is just around the corner, so don’t wait too long!

For now, we wish you all the best blessings in this season of gratitude, and we look forward to another year of opportunity for you and your future plans.

Contact Propel Career Academy today by calling 888-338-7712 or visiting their website PropelCareerAcademy.com.

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